Sheryl Sheinafia: Never worry about feeling sad and disappointed

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Sheryl Sheinafia expressed anxiety that is often ignored in everyday life. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO – Anxiety can sometimes inspire creativity, creating words, tone and harmony into a song. That’s what happened to singer Sheryl Sheinafia in the process of creating a song called Okay

Sheryl’s restlessness had appeared long before the COVID-19 pandemic. “I wrote this song last year. Long before the pandemic appeared, this song was one that was formed by flowing just like that, from the way that I really felt at the time.” 

She expressed anxiety that is often ignored in everyday life. “I just realized, I rarely give my heart a chance to accept feeling tired or sad.” 

For the making of the song Okay, Sheryl invited Petra Sihombing to collaborate. “I made this song with Petra. He can translate my mind into music, he also knows where this song’s vision will go.” 

In making music videos, Sheryl works closely with Benny Lim. By using online directing techniques via smartphones, Benny managed to take a natural shoot that carries the intention, according to this song. 

Through the song Okay, Sheryl tries to share a message with all of us, that when we fail to achieve something, we will feel sadness and disappointment. But don’t worry, just face it with enthusiasm and self-confidence. 

“Every bad day is real, and that doesn’t matter. Hopefully this song can be a reminder that sadness is there to be felt. The important thing is that tomorrow we start again.” 

Sheryl Sheinafia Tjokro is an Indonesian singer-songwriter, actress and host best known for singles such as, “Sweet Talk”, “I Don’t Mind” and, “Ku Tunggu Kau Putus” as well as her work in blockbuster movies like “Koala Kumal” and “Galih dan Ratna”. 

Born on December 4, 1996, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Sheryl began her career as a solo musician in 2009 when she released her first album titled, “Sheryl Sheinafia” with Musica Studios. In 2014, Sheryl became a host for a music show called “Breakout” on NET TV where she was recognized for her uniqueness in hosting whilst singing and playing the guitar in between different segments of the show. 

In 2017, Sheryl grew interest in the performing arts, and landed several leading roles in various movies. She received awards for or work in movies such as “Koala Kumal” through which she received the Breakthrough Actress of The Year and, was nominated for Indonesia’s Best Female Actress award for her performance in, “Galih dan Ratna” in 2018. 

Despite the positive recognition Sheryl received from the movie and TV industry due to her acting and hosting work, in 2017 she returned to her roots as a musician and released her self-written hit “Sweet Talk”, produced by Tushar Apte. “Sweet Talk” became the biggest release of her career so far. Following its release, the song became well-known, due to its unique vertical music video production and received Best Music Video of The Year from the SCTV 2018 awards and many other nominations. (rp